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IEC expects larger registration turnout

The IEC has urged people to come out in their numbers to register to vote before 5pm.

An Independent Electoral Commission officer stands at the entrance of a voting station. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it expects a larger turnout of first time voters at registration stations than Saturday as the weekend's registration process comes to an end at 5pm.

South Africans have been assured that if they miss out on this opportunity they can register at various municipal electoral offices from Monday.

The IEC's Mosotho Moepya says the voting stations will remain open for longer if there is a need.

"The voting stations will close at 5pm but anybody that's at the voting station by 5pm will certainly be assisted. However long it takes we will assist."

The IEC has hailed the registration process so far as one of the smoothest with minor incidents reported due to service delivery protests.

The official number of people who have been registered this weekend will only be known by the end of the day.

Officials are hoping to register over two million first time voters before the 2014 national elections.

Over 100 political parties will be contesting the elections.

Meanwhile, first time voters have called on the youth to follow their example and register today.

Today is the last day that voters will be able to register at their stations close to home and will from Monday have to visit municipal electoral offices.

These first time voters say by ensuring they are registered to vote next year is the only way they could change their circumstances.

"Everyone hopes for change, better service delivery but I'm just hoping my vote is going to give this country a better future," says one teenager.

"By voting I'm going to make a difference in our country. Who knows, my vote will change things around the country," says another first time voter.